Kenan Arnautovic, MD, PhD

Dr. Kenan Arnautovic was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Hercegovina. He grew up and completed his education in Sarajevo except for a few of his pre-teen years which he spent with his parents in Sudan, Africa attending the Comboni College (Italian/English) while his father was a University Professor teaching Veterinary Anatomy.

He graduated from the School of Medicine, University of Sarajevo as the top student in his class. He did part of his Internship in Sarajevo and part in Sinsheim-Heidelberg, Germany. After graduation, he worked several months as a Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the XIV Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo in 1984. He obtained a Master Degree in Neurosurgery on the topic of Spinal Trauma (SCIWORA) and PhD thesis on the topic of Chiari I malformation in adults.

Dr. Arnautovic did his first residency in neurosurgery at the Department of Neurosurgery, University Clinical Center in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Hercegovina. He also spent part of his neurosurgery training in Hannover, Germany. He then practiced neurosurgery in Sarajevo for two and a half years.

In 1994, Dr. Arnautovic immigrated to the United States. He did his second residency in neurosurgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas. He also completed a skull- based fellowship there. He was proud to be the neurosurgery resident there under the world leading neurosurgeons that include Dr. Sam Al-Mefty, Dr. Gazi Yasargil, Dr. Glenn Pait, Dr. Rick Boop, Dr. Ali Krisht and Dr. Charli Teo. Dr. Arnautovic is a Diplomat of the American Board of Neurosurgery (Board Certified).

Dr. Arnautovic joined Semmes Murphey Clinic in 2003. He also serves as a Professor at the Department of Neurosurgery, University of Tennessee in Memphis. Dr. Arnautovic has published extensively in neurosurgery peer-reviewed journals and has made 3 front cover articles of the most prestigious Journal of Neurosurgery.

Dr. Arnautovic is married to Sanja Arnautovic. They have two daughters, Aska and Alisa. In addition to the English language, Dr. Arnautovic speaks Bosnian and understands Latin and German.

Professional Societies/Memberships:

  • Memphis Medical Society (MMS)
  • Tennessee Medical Association (TMA)
  • Southern Neurosurgical Society (SNS)
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)
  • North American Skull Base Society (NASBS)
  • North American Spine Society (NASS)
  • Bosnian-Herzegovinian American Academy of Arts and Sciences (BHAAAS)
  • Academy of Medical Sciences in Bosnia-Herzegovina (AMNuBiH)
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina Neurosurgical Association
  • Croatian Association of Neurosurgery
  • American College of Surgeons (2007-present)
  • Croatian Medical Association (2014 – present)
  • Croatian Neurosurgical Society – Member (2014 - present)
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina Neurosurgical Association (2014 - present) (Honorary)
  • Southeast Europe Neurosurgical Society (2015 - present) (Honorary)
  • European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (2016 - present)
  • Serbian Neurosurgical Society (2017 - present) (Honorary)
  • Serbian Neurosurgical Society (2017 - present) (Honorary)
  • Serbian Neurosurgical Society (2017 - present) (Honorary)

Extracurricular Activities:

  • Soccer
  • Snow skiing
  • He is an avid fan of the Grizzlies


  • Named to 2017 and 2019 list of Top Doctors in Memphis Magazine
  • 2017 - Kenan Arnautovic, MD, appointed Chairman of International Committee of AANS. (Article from Bosnian-Herzegovinian American Academy of Arts and Sciences)
  • Kenan Arnautovic, MD, Neurosurgeon, featured in the Commercial Appeal
  • Named to 2012 “Patients’ Choice” list of Doctors
  • Named to 2012 TopDocs List for Good Health Magazine
  • Dr. Arnautovic recognized as one of America’s Most Compassionate Doctors in 2012. (Patients’ Choice)
  • "Most Compassionate Doctor Award”, Memphis, TN (2013)
  • "Top 10 Doctor” – State (2014)
  • "Top 10 Doctor” – Metro Area (2014)
  • “Top 10 Doctor” – City (2014)
  • “On Time Doctor Award” (2014)
  • “Top 10 Doctor” – State (2015)
  • "Outstanding Doctor of the Month”, SHA December (2015)
  • “Top 10 Doctor” – State (2016)
  • “Top 10 Doctor” – State (2017)
  • “Top 10 Doctor” – State (2018)
  • “America’s Most Honored Professionals” – (2018)


Disorders & Treatments

Additional Areas of Expertise

  • Nerve/Muscle Biopsy
  • Chiari Malformations
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Spinal Cord Tumors
  • Ulnar Nerve Compression
  • Skull base tumors
  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Meningioma 


Request an Appointment